New York state senator proposes a net neutrality bill
Another state in the USA is making steps towards introducing net neutrality regulations. New York State Senator, Brad Hoylman, has introduced a bill that includes all the key consumer protections from California’s net neutrality bill that was approved last month by two state Senate committees despite industry objections. The bill prohibits, among others, the blocking, throttling, or interfering with any content, service, or device based on the nature of the content or type of service, as well as the charging of access fees to services to reach consumers in a way that favours services that can pay and stifle competition for small businesses and new services (paid prioritisation). It replicates basic net neutrality rules that were included in the 2015 order of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). The bill goes one step forward by prohibiting practices which distort and manipulate consumer choice by subsidising favoured content.